Sun | Nov 18, 2018

Commentary

Published:Monday | November 5, 2018 | 12:24 AM

Last week, I read Betty Ann Blaine’s column ‘Holness’ flawed theory of evolution’, and, as a Jamaican citizen and physician who cares about the physical, mental and social well-being of my fellow Jamaicans, I feel the need to call out Ms Blaine for her bigoted and backward discourse...

Published:Monday | November 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

One look at the backlog of cases before the courts and, immediately, 'having sex with a person under age 16', an offence under Section 10 of the Sexual Offences Act, jumps out at you.Markedly, any sexual act of this nature is commonly considered '...

Published:Monday | November 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

You couldn't help but admire Karl Samuda's passion about landownership and titling as he remembered the reasons for Bogle and Gordon's struggles. He was speaking on the 153rd anniversary of their execution that was observed recently.While commending...

Published:Monday | November 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It rained heavily and, once again, the new and improved essential corridor, Marcus Garvey Drive, was so flooded that 'nobody canna cross it!'I remember a time when Marcus Garvey Drive was never inundated whenever it rained heavily. However, when...

Published:Monday | November 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The usual tactic of Jamaica's tourism officials in the face of bad news about the country is first to launch a charm offensive against opinion makers in foreign visitor markets, while downplaying the gravity of the event, hoping to limit its damage...

Published:Sunday | November 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

My Patwa column proved popular, drawing replies of various crudity. I had spoken about the Great Patwa 'Quarrel' drawing from Chesterton's remark that "people generally quarrel because they cannot argue", and in full knowledge that it would excite...

Published:Sunday | November 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

September 2018 marked the 10th anniversary of the collapse of the investment bank, Lehman Brothers, which is seen as the start of the Great Recession. Apart from the huge loss of wealth, jobs and housing by ordinary people in many developed...

Published:Sunday | November 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Tourism is all the rage these days with the opening of the US$110-million Excellence Oyster Bay hotel on the private peninsula near Falmouth and the soon-to-be-completed S Hotel on Jimmy Cliff Boulevard in Montego Bay. No wonder the prime minister...

Published:Sunday | November 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The issue of rapacious and unconscionable fees being charged by commercial banks has been a growing source of concern and anger for most Jamaicans.On Monday, October 29, the Ministry of Finance and Planning issued a news release, presumably in...

Published:Sunday | November 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Heroic community groups in Discovery Bay are fighting another big battle. This time, to prevent the setting up of a dolphin cove! It's just a constant struggle to force government agencies to do the right thing for the good of the whole society....

Published:Saturday | November 3, 2018 | 12:12 AM

It took 20 years to lay the groundwork and consult with stakeholders before the flexi workweek bill was finally tabled in Parliament. Known as the Employment (Flexible Work Arrangements) (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2014, the bill sought to amend...

Published:Saturday | November 3, 2018 | 12:00 AM

What does the ruling Jamaica Labour Party regard as 'equal rights and justice', which in the opening line of its official party song, members solemnly declare "is our everlasting call"?Is it the same thing that Peter Tosh demanded in one of his many...

Published:Saturday | November 3, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I gave a speech on Friday at the site of the first job I ever had. I had just got my A Levels, the equivalent in those days of CAPE, and a scholarship, but because my father got really ill, I started teaching at a neighbourhood co-educational...

Published:Friday | November 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The introduction of free Wi-Fi on buses and at business establishments has been categorised as a cutting-edge initiative, and perhaps rightly so. It is a known fact that several businesses, from restaurants to banks, offer free Wi-Fi as a selling...

Published:Friday | November 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

"Who can afford to run will run, but what about those who can't, they will have to stay" Buju Banton in Untold Stories.President Donald Trump recently announced that he plans to alter the way that the Fourteenth Amendment is interpreted. This...

Published:Friday | November 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica, particularly its tourism interests, is in panic mode in response to the front-page article in Tuesday's edition of the American newspaper USA Today, which reported that between 2011 and 2017, some 78 US citizens (about 13 per year or...

Published:Friday | November 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It must have been well known that in this matter, Jamaica's churches enjoyed no insulation. But the revelation that several denominations have lost hundreds, if not thousands, of acres of land to squatters has brought the spotlight back to a social...

Published:Thursday | November 1, 2018 | 12:12 AM

A week ago, this newspaper reported an interesting business development. A coffee farmer named Lloyd Tomlinson, it was revealed, had sold a stake in a recently established outfit, Marigold Limited, to a Canadian firm called Aphria.The value of the...

Published:Thursday | November 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In less than a week, the citizens in all of the states of the powerful United States of America will go to the polls to elect their political representatives in the House - and those Senate seats up for grabs on November 6.These midterm elections...

Published:Thursday | November 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Recently, 96-year-old Margaret Morgan was laid to rest after an impressive four-hour ceremony at King's Chapel United Pentecostal Church in St James. She was a giant of the Pentecostal movement, being involved in the establishment of at least two...

Published:Thursday | November 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There is a well-known saying that 'the devil is in the details', and so with the passage of the contentious National Identification and Registration Act, which makes provisions for a National Identification System (NIDS), the devil was inevitably...

Published:Wednesday | October 31, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I tried to save you. The Old Ball and Chain has been miserable because I haven't obeyed her instruction to write about the adversity she faces whenever she drives alone. She has graduated from miserable to angry, so, as I start writing, she's...

Published:Wednesday | October 31, 2018 | 12:00 AM

From his perspective as a political partisan, Zavia Mayne might be forgiven his peeve over the Opposition's constitutional challenge of the National Identification and Registration Act, on which is supposed to rest a new and compulsory national ID...

Published:Wednesday | October 31, 2018 | 12:00 AM

This is an open letter in response to Member of Parliament Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn on her presentation in the Lower House on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.I am strongly moved to convey my dissent regarding the proposed adjustment on abortion. I can...

Published:Tuesday | October 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There has been a development in Britain over the past few days that, given the nature of our own politics on the rock, should provide cause for concern, if not keen interest. This development involves parliamentary privilege, freedom of speech, non-...

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